A charity patron who was repeatedly asked by a lady-in-waiting where she was ‘really’ from has said she suffered ‘horrific abuse’ on social media.
Ngozi Fulani, the British-born founder of charity Sistah Space, has expressed shock at her treatment by Lady Susan Hussey, 83, following an event at Buckingham Palace last week.
Lady Susan, who had served the late Queen for six decades, stepped down from her honorary role ‘with immediate effect’ amid furious outcry after Ms Fulani revealed she had asked: ‘Where are you from really?”.
But Ms Fulani – whose charity represents African-Caribbean victims of domestic abuse – says her family has been under “tremendous pressure” since the swap.
Ngozi Fulani, the British-born founder of charity Sistah Space, has expressed shock at her treatment by Lady Susan Hussey
Lady Susan, who had served the late Queen for six decades, resigned her honorary role ‘with immediate effect’ amid furious outcry
In a statement on Monday, she said, “The past week has been an extremely difficult time for all of us at Sistah Space.”
“My team, my family and I have been under immense pressure and suffered horrific abuse via social media.
“Yet throughout this time I have been heartened by the tremendous support we have received.
“I want to thank everyone for this, and it showed me that love will always triumph over hate.”
Lady Susan, the Prince of Wales’ godmother, reportedly repeatedly challenged Ms Fulani when she said she was British at the Queen Consort’s reception highlighting violence against women and girls.
According to a transcript Ms Fulani posted online, Lady Hussey asked where she was from, to which she replied that her charity was based in Hackney, north east London.
But Lady Hussey asked him, “Where are you really from, where are your people from?”
A stunned Ms. Fulani replied, “Lady of my people, what is this?” She eventually said she was of Caribbean descent and of African descent, to which Lady Hussey apparently replied, “I knew we’d get there eventually, you’re Caribbean!”
Plans are now said to be underway for Charles and Camilla to meet Ms Fulani so they can discuss what happened at the event and the issues involved, although she claims to have received no contact.
According to a transcript Ms Fulani posted online, Lady Hussey repeatedly asked where she was from
Meanwhile, Ms Fulani told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘Although I didn’t experience any physical abuse, what I felt was a form of abuse.’
Asked whether the Palace contacted her through her organisation, Ms Fulani said: ‘No. I don’t know where it came from, but I tell you categorically – we haven’t heard from the Palace.
Describing how Lady Susan also touched her hair, she added: ‘I was standing next to two other women – black women – and she (Lady Susan) just beelined me and she took my locks and them moved away so she could see my name badge.
‘That’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in anyone’s hair and culturally it’s not appropriate.
Ms Fulani also said the comments were due to racism, not Lady Susan’s age.
“I’ve heard so many suggestions about his age and things like that and I think it’s kind of disrespectful to ageism,” she said on the Today show. from BBC Radio 4.
“Are we saying that because of your age you can’t be racist or inappropriate?
“If you invite people to an event, as I said, against domestic violence, and there are people from different demographic groups, I do not see the relevance of whether I am British or non-British . You are trying to make me unwanted in my own space.
Plans are now underway for Charles and Camilla (pictured) to meet Ms Fulani so they can discuss what happened at the event and the issues involved
In 1997 Ms Ngozi met the then Prince of Wales when Charles visited the Limelight, a nightclub in London’s West End (pictured)
Ms Fulani added in her statement: “It has been an emotional whirlwind and now we want to take the time to pause, reflect and learn from these events.”
As a new race line engulfed the royal family, Buckingham Palace said it took the incident, at the Queen Consort’s reception on violence against women on Tuesday, “extremely seriously” and had investigated immediately.
A spokesperson said: ‘We take this incident very seriously and immediately investigated to establish full details. In this case, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments were made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani about this and invite her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.
“In the meantime, the person concerned wishes to express his deepest apologies for the harm caused and has stepped down from his honorary role with immediate effect. All household members are reminded of the diversity and inclusiveness policies that they are required to adhere to at all times. ‘